The Anatomy of a Blog Post.

[EDIT :  If you read the comments section you’ll find some comments from other bloggers that they were going to write similar posts on their writing process.  They did, and you HAVE to read them, probably even more so than mine, LOL.  Check out Oliver’s over at Literature and Libation; and Carney’s, Mike’s post on how he edit’s Carney’s posts and Mike’s post on HIS process over at The Beer Review. – Ed]

I’m coming up on my one year anniversary with this little blog, so I thought it would be fun to do a few posts on the blogging experience itself.  I envy those who can effortlessly pound out a post in a very short time.  I love to write but for me, the process sometimes seems to take a little more mental effort than would seem to be required for such a simple task.  After all, I’m writing a beer blog not a series of books destined to be the next “Harry Potter”.  Oh, I’ve had a few posts that have “written themselves”, and then I’ve had those that have been quite the little adventure in literary gymnastics.  So with that in mind, I present an anatomy of a blog post per The Dogs of Beer.

7:00am – Leave for work.  On the drive in, try to remember how long it’s been since my last post.  Come to the conclusion  that it’s probably time for another.  Think about a subject.  Like maybe how laborious the process of writing blog posts can be for me sometimes.

“Ug, What the F@*K am I going to write about tomorrow??”

7:35am – Log into WordPress at work and verify that I haven’t posted in days.  Check my stats.  “Sigh” when I see that my page hits have been slowly going down since my last post.

7:40am – fire up the reader and see how the rest of my blogger community is doing.  Lots of new posts – including 5 nice beer reviews from Beerproof.  What are these people?  Machines? I need to get it in gear.

8:00am to 11am – while mindlessly doing work I’m paid for, decide to go with the “blog post writing” topic and decide to do it “timeline” style.  Start to formulate the post in my head.

11:15 – Lunch.  Check the reader again.  Check to see if anyone else has done a similar post recently. If no, start my new blog post; if yes, mentally return to 8:00am.  I’m good, probably because everyone else can actually write a blog post without requiring the same mental effort that Einstein did to figure out that E = MC2.

11:45am – Spend 10 minutes on WordPress and Google trying to find out how to do superscripts in a blog post.

12:00pm – Back to work.  Hit the lab computer once or twice between process lags to do some research.

2:15pm – Take a break from work and flesh out the post a little more.  Put “xxxxxxxxxxx”s in all the places that I can’t think of the correct word or phrase I want.  I’ll go back and fill those in later.

2:30pm – Back to work.

5:00pm – Get home and grab the computer before Tracey comes home and needs to play Mystery Manor on Facebook.  Finish getting the post fully fleshed out while replacing the “xxxxxxxxxxx”s with the words or phrases I came up with on the ride home.

With Respect and Apologies to Mr Larson.

5:20pm – Get into the kitchen and look like I’ve been slaving feverishly since I got home when Tracey walks in the door.

5:45pm – During dinner, come up with a whole new angle that pulls the post together much better than what I’ve already written – like actually making this post about writing blog posts, about this post I’m writing.

6:30pm – Wonder how much longer Tracey’s going to be on the computer.

7:00pm – Watch an episode of Big Bang Theory for the 14th time.  Still laugh.

7:30pm – With computer back in hand, delete 3/4 of my post and rearrange what’s left according to my new idea.  Most writers would be annoyed at this, I’ve just sadly come to accept this as part of my “process.”

8:00pm – Finish post.  Add links.  Fill in last remaining “xxxxxxxxxxxx”

8:05pm – Read post all the way through.  Fix crappily written sentences and obvious spelling mistakes.

8:10pm – Go through post to see if I can add any more humor to it.  Yes, I actually do have to do this.  Yes, I realize it often looks like I’ve forgotten this step.

8:30pm – Read the post in preview mode.  Fix position of one of the photos and correct another spelling mistake.

8:32pm – Read post again.  Rewrite a whole paragraph because I’ve managed to use the word “aroma” in it five times.  Why doesn’t someone create a resource that allows you to look up similar meaning words so that you don’t have to use the same ones all the time?

8:35pm – Found an awesome picture of a sad looking dog with his head on a bar eying a beer.  I have absolutely no need for it, but I must use it.

“How you uh, how you comin’ on that blog post you’re working on? Huh? Got a, got a nice little story you’re working on there? Your big post you’ve been working on for three days? Huh? Got a, got a beer review brewing there? Working on, working on that for quite some time? Huh? Yeah, talking about that three days ago. Been working on that the whole time?“

8:37pm – Decide to replace all the pictures in the post with “dog” related ones.  Remember the Family Guy episode where Stewie is ragging on Brian’s novel.  That might be humorous.

8:45pm – Still looking for a still of the scene from Family Guy.  All the ones I’ve found are too small.

8:55pm – Really?  No one has this?

9:05pm – Ug!  I’m beginning to believe I’m going to have to draw this damn thing myself.

9:10pm – Ok.  I give up, find the scene on YouTube and do my own screen grab with Hijack Pro.  It ends up not being nearly as funny as I thought, but F’ it.  After all that, I’m running with it.

9:15pm – Consider it finished.  Close computer.  Fling to side with a mixture of relief and mental exhaustion.

Next day:

7:35am – Log into WordPress.  Check reader and hope no one’s put up a post about my topic since the last time I checked – who would?.  Read post one more time in preview mode.  Change a couple of the words.

7:45am – After a couple of reads, decide it’s not going to get any better and publish.

[Edited to Add]:

7:46am – Curse under my breath as I realize I didn’t put the post in the proper category or add any tags.

7:47am – Edit post and add tags.  Read it one more time.  Fix another spelling mistake.

[Edited to Add]:

11:00am – Check stats to see if people are reading my post.  Read post on blog site.  Edit and fix the two spelling mistakes and reword a crappy sentence that I some how managed to miss on the previous 15 reads.

[Edited to Add]:

11:37am – Edit post again because one of my readers pointed out I forgot my tag line.  [Thanks Carney!]

The next day :

7:35am – Start the whole process all over again.

Time for another……post.

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Author: Ed (The Dogs of Beer)

Beer Blog focused on Delaware & surrounding area. Drinker of beer. Writer of stuff. Over user of commas. Dangler of prepositions.

16 thoughts on “The Anatomy of a Blog Post.”

  1. Awww, where’s your tag line? “Time for another…post!” 😀 Good choice on the Family Guy pic–don’t worry about not having the clip because those of us that have seen it could hear Stewie clear as day!

  2. Whew! So happy to hear that I’m not the only one that, more often than not, struggles with a blog post. I’ve had a Philly Beer Week recap in the queue for almost a week. While I have a format for beer and whisky reviews, event summaries require much more work since my hope is to be entertaining (I hope the reviews are entertaining too!).

    And FYI, I read this post on the train ride in to work. It’s like we’re leading parallel blogging lives. Great stuff! Congrats on the fast approaching milestone. 🙂

    Cheers!
    G-LO

    1. Thanks G-Lo. I’m with you, the reviews are pretty straight forward. Unless I’m doing some thing really involved I can usually type those out pretty quickly. The event ones are where I also lag. I’ve had a post in my queue for a couple of weeks now that’s on hold because half the pictures I took for it are on a computer whose hard drive just crashed. I’m sure everyone blogger has those posts that refuse to be written gracefully, but I believe I have more than my fair share LOL.

  3. Love this! I think we should all (and by we, I mean those of us who frequently read your blog) should do one of these to see how similar we are mentally. Could be cool! Or scary! Or both!

    I was looking for a Simpsons clip online a few weeks ago and was amazed at how little content there was? Is the FCC pulling this stuff down in secret?

    However you do it, I’m glad you do it. Your stuff is always a blast to read.

  4. “8:10pm – Go through post to see if I can add any more humor to it. Yes, I actually do have to do this. Yes, I realize it often looks like I’ve forgotten this step.”

    I do this for the grand majority of my posts too, and yes, I have the same problem with my posts looking like I’ve forgotten this step. Heh.

    I do find it interesting to see the process other folks use to blog, though I always worry that posting about my own would be boring for others to read. But I’ll probably do it anyway…

    1. Hi Mark, thanks for stopping by. I think many bloggers out there can relate to this topic as I’m sure many (like myself) are equally as journalistically challenged. But no matter how much of a struggle some of them can be, it’s the final product that matters!

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